Thread: Confirmed with Link: Sabres sign Chad Ruhwedel, Lowell defenseman
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04-13-2013, 12:12 AM
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Not the jewel of the college undrafteds, but seems like a good pick-up.

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Originally Posted by jBuds View Post
You can forego year(s) of eligibility to sign as a free agent? News to me. Very weird. But for that to happen, I would certainly think the upside is more than just an AHL stopgap - correct me if I'm wrong. This seems quite proactive for it to just be Amerks-for-life kind of thing.
Sure, eligibility is irrelevant. I forget the exact rules but you come up for the draft in your first year, if you aren't drafted you go in the next. That's the end of it afaik, maybe you go in a 3rd time but I don't believe so. Either way, NCAA eligibility is irrelevant. NCAA eligibility (or at least going to the NCAA in the first place) has (or had in the old CBA) an effect on how long a team holds your rights before you ahve to be signed, but that's only relevant if a team actually holds your rights.

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